Achievement: Knighted by British Queen in 1978; Awarded Padma
Bhushan in 1983.
Lord Swaraj Paul is one of the most famous Indian origin entrepreneurs,
based in Britain. He is the founder of multinational company Caparo-the
UK-based steel and engineering group.
Swraj Paul was born in Jalandhar in 1931. His father ran a small
foundry and used to make steel buckets and farming equipments. Swaraj
Paul did his graduation from the Punjab University and subsequently
obtained a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. After his return
to India, Swaraj Paul joined the Apeejay Group, which his father had
founded. Destiny took him to London in 1966, where he went for his
daughter's Leukemia treatment, and stayed there forever.
Swaraj Paul started his business in Britain in 1968. After acquiring one steel
unit, he went on to acquire more units and founded the Caparo group in
the year 1978. Caparo developed into one of the leading producers of
welded steel tube and spiral-welded pipe in the UK. In 1996, Swaraj Paul
stepped down from the management of the Caparo group and handed over the
reins to his three sons.
Lord Swaraj Paul has won several honors and awards. He was knighted by
the British Queen in the year 1978 and became the Lord Paul of
Marylebone and a member of the House of Lords. Lord Swraj Paul wrote the
biography of Indira Gandhi and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1983. He
was bestowed with the Pro-Chancellorship of the Thames University in